Posts Tagged ‘authors’

Dear sobbing writers,

Yep, I know you’ve slaved over that manuscript and it was torture to pry it out of your hands and hand it over to your trusted first line readers. Uh huh, I get it that you love your hero and you have sweated over the sagging middle and written an ending that makes you tear up every time you read it. No one, but no one, will treat those lovely pages as tenderly as you have. Believe me, I understand, but it’s time, people. It’s time to face the music and listen to what your trusted peeps are going to tell you. I know it hurts, believe me, even after thirty-five books it still hurts, but it has to be done. You wouldn’t send up a plane without a test flight would you? Serve that new tofu recipe to your mother-in-law until you’ve tried it out first? So chin up, best pencil forward and let’s do this. Check out the video because I’m doing it to. We shall cry together! Onward!

P.S. If you know a fellow writer type, feel free to share this video. We’re in this together, peeps!

 

Authors collaborating…magic or mayhem?

Collaboration is a good thing…unless it’s not. Authors feel pressure to produce books quickly, and to widen their platforms (the number of people with whom they have contact.) A possible solution? Working together with another author. This is an odd concept for a profession that typically does its thing in lonely, dark rooms with only cold cups of coffee for company.

Actually, though, it’s been done for a while now. Some examples?

Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

Stephen King and Peter Straub.

Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey.

Of course, the hugely prolific James Patterson collaborates with many other writers and, to my surprise, I learned that the Ellery Queen mysteries were written by cousins Daniel Nathan and Manford Lepofsky.

I’ve considered collaborating on writing projects, too. My biggest obstacle? Uh, er, I like to have it my way, when it comes to writing. I get a little possessive and snippy about how I think the story should go. Sigh. I guess it’s best for me to stick to my solitary cave, for the time being.

What about you? Do you work best alone or with another? Did you ever collaborate on a project? How did it turn out? Speaking of collaboration… we’re giving away a DOUBLE PRIZE this month….a two book set of Love Inspired Suspense novels featuring myself and the lovely Alison Stone) and a Starbuck’s gift card this month! All comments get you entered to win!

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The cure for fatheadedness…

I’m pretty faboo, you know. I write books and yep, there’s my name on the cover. People like to have my signature and come and hear me talk. Yep, a special, special, snowflake, that’s me! Uh huh. If ever I begin to indulge in any of that self-flattery, I remind myself that at the end of  the day, I write stories. Fun stories, I hope. Stories that entertain and uplift, I pray, but still they are just stories. I’m not curing cancer or helping someone climb out of poverty or inventing a drought resistant crop to feed millions. I’m a story-teller and that’s it. Cures any fat headed tendencies I might be leaning towards. I am given this little job to do, and, as scripture recommends, I’m going to do it with all my might.

The great George Bernard Shaw was humbled to find one of his works in a used bookshop. Even worse, he saw his own inscription on the flyleaf. It read, “To (the name of his friend), with esteem, George Bernard Shaw.” He bought the book and returned it to the friend who had let it go, adding to the inscription, “With renewed esteem, George Bernard Shaw.”

So what about you? What small thing do you do with all your might? Know an underappreciated someone who has a super important job? Comment to be entered in the November drawing for a signed book and gift card.